The Story of the Orca’s Silver Tongue as Told by the Manager of the Only Taco Bell in Juno Anna Lublina

About This Show

The Story of the Orca’s Silver Tongue as Told by the Manager of the Only Taco Bell in Juno follows the epic tale of a whale god named Murder, the Manager of the only Taco Bell in Juno, and Frankie Bottomless, the former BFF who stole their gorgeous sparkling tongue and ran away to San Francisco. This narrative of shifting selves manifests as a transdisciplinary performance with a projected video essay, puppetry, and live choral soundscape. The cast assumes new bodies with each encounter, assembling a queer utopian world that envisions new modes for friendship, lust, and solitude.

about the artists

Nina Budabin McQuown is a poet and essayist from the Bronx. She is currently at work on Cruise Ship, an epic about a queer afterlife which includes the Manager’s story. She lives in Washington, DC, where she edits the Hilary Tham Capital Collection for The Word Works Press, performs with Wit’s End Puppets, and blogs at You can find more of her poetry published or forthcoming with, SAND, The Cimarron Review, and Hotel Amerika.

Anna Lublina is a director some days, teacher other days, and always the most eager warm-up participant. Anna founds her work on the history of performance and conceptual art history but also on ideals of collective, community based work. She has worked with the Ping + Chong Theatre Company, the Wooster Group, the Motor Company, Built for Collapse, Bread and Puppet, and Errantes in Bogota, Colombia.

Ruthie Natanzon is a painter, writer, and youth arts educator from Queens, NY. Her work combines prose and polemic with images of landscapes and bodies to examine issues of identity and nation building. Ruthie is a former resident at SOMA Mexico City and apprentice at Bread and Puppet Theater.

Lilly Kaplan is a classical singer-cum-wishful bedroom pop star who makes coffee during the day and whose room always smells like rosewater. A new New Yorker out of Oakland, she is excited to be collaborating with friends on her first piece of theatre in the city. Having grown up studying opera as a coloratura soprano but listening to Riot Grrl, she is now interested in making music that lives somewhere at the intersection of punk and classical.

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30pm

General Admission

$15 in advance

$18 at the door



Estimated Runtime
60 minutes

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Nina Budabin McQuown

Ruthie Natanzon

Lilliana Kaplan

Photo credit:

Ruthie Natanzon